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Metal fans have another reason to love the genre: The health benefits are rather impressive.

Licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Nicole Andreoli, PhD explains via TikTok, “Listening to any type of music can be therapeutic and can allow for an emotional release. Heavy metal is no exception.”

She continues, “In fact, heavy metal has been found to lessen negative emotions by reducing cortisol levels, which helps to lessen stress. Research has found that people who listen to heavy metal tend to think more logically and in more complex terms than those who don’t listen to heavy metal. Heavy metal has been found to help the most with focus”

Dr. Andreoli added, “Now, lyrics in heavy metal do tend to focus on rage, but there’s no research linking listening to heavy metal with a desensitization to violence. In fact, listening to heavy metal has been found to be a positive way to process anger safely.”

So, you heard the doctor. Find your favorite metal albums and crank them up for your health!


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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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